Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Weigh-In and Musings: 3/9/12

Weight: 126.8
Body Fat %: 20.0 + 3 = 23.0%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-20"

Baby plants...coming soon!
Looking forward to many more of these this summer!
 After the success I had last year growing cherry tomatoes on my porch, I'm definitely doing it again this year. I started mine too early last year and spent an unnecessary time worrying for their safety during early, wet and chilly spring. According to Burpee, I should start my tomatoes in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for the arrival of baby plants!

I hate to even bring this up, but it's been bothering me a lot the past couple of weeks. I've been a CalorieKing member for the last three years. I'm not as active as most people are in the community there but I'm around. I run a challenge there that has dropped off in participation and occasionally I toss up a personal blog there when I want to say something that I don't feel like announcing to the rest of the world. All that being said, I've never been nominated as a success story.  I suspect it's because I don't make myself all that easy to relate to. I rarely ever write about the speedbumps I hit or the places where I stumble.  I know that for some writing about that can be cathartic. It's just not for me. I'm of the mindset where you accept that crap happens to you so you have to deal with it and move on. Why waste any energy giving voice to the crap?

The Hunt For The Perfect Running Shoe
Anyhow, onto lighter topics!
The Altra Zero Drops Women's Intuition
 For the last month or so, I've been searching and searching for a running shoe that I don't want to toss at the wall after every run. I haven't discussed it in much detail (though I plan to at a later date) but I've been working very hard to strengthen my feet and calves through barefoot running. At first, I started out by running absolutely barefoot at home on my treadmill where I could get away with that. As I got progressively stronger, I wanted to branch out and do circuit training workouts at the gym in a barefoot manner, hence I bought a pair of Vibrams. I'm now to the point where I can comfortably run 3-4 miles on the 'mill with my Vibrams, but running in my New Balance 890s is noticeably more frustrating. I can feel the extreme padding in the heel mess with my stride and it drives me a little crazy. A week ago, I stumbled across the Altra Zero Drops with come with a hearty list of benefits, most noticeably a 1:1 ratio. Your heel and your forefoot are the same distance from the ground. I haven't run in them yet (tomorrow for my interval workout outside!), but I intend to put up a decent review of them when I do.

What's your take on barefoot running? Good/bad? Any fun plans for the weekend?